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It is well known from a paucity of scientific research that adults need between 7-9 hrs. sleep per night for optimum health and wellbeing. However, alarmingly 1 in 3 adults do not achieve this amount of sleep 1 2. For individuals to achieve the recommended sleep, they need to understand why sleep is important and how to get a good night sleep. The workplace is an ideal setting to support the safe and effective delivery of sleep education. Melius Consulting provides a range of sleep and performance education packages delivered by trainers with PhDs/MD in the discipline of sleep, performance, and shiftwork.

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Sleep and performance education is vital to safeguarding and improving the health and safety of employees, and enable business performance 3. As employees sleep duration and quality improve, organisations may benefit from reduced absenteeism and staff turnover, as well as fewer fatigue-related incidents 4. Sleep education provides employees with the knowledge required to achieve better sleep, empowers them to take responsibility for their health, and encourages positive behaviour change that may benefit their overall health and wellbeing.

Melius Consulting’s sleep education programs include information on sleep science and shiftwork circadian physiology; lifestyle and behaviour advice relating to alcohol and caffeine; environmental factors that influence sleep such as light, noise and temperature; recognising and managing fatigue at work; and sleep disorders.

We have conducted such programs for Anglo Gold Ashanti Australia, Karara Mining, CBH Group, Origin Energy, Boston Consulting Group and many more. Education sessions can be tailored for organisations depending on the audience and time available. Sessions may include a 1 hr awareness session or tailored 3 hr sessions for employees and leaders.

REFERENCES:
  1. Hirshkowitz M, Whiton K, Albert S, et al. National Sleep Foundation’s updated sleep duration recommendations: final report. Sleep Health 2015;1(4):233-43. doi: 10.1016/j.sleh.2015.10.004
  2. Yong L, Wheaton AG, Chapman DP, et al. Prevalence of Healthy Sleep Duration among Adults — United States, 2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65(6):137-41. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm6506a1
  3. Barger L, Runyon M, Renn M, et al. Effect of fatigue training on safety, fatigue, and sleep in emergency medical services personnel and other shift workers: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Prehospital Emergency Care: Official Journal Of The National Association Of EMS Physicians And The National Association Of State EMS Directors 2018;22(sup1):58-68. doi: 10.1080/10903127.2017.1362087
  4. Davy J. Good sleep, good health, good performance. It’s obvious, or is it? The importance of education programmes in general fatigue management. Ergonomics SA : Journal of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa 2014;26(1):64-73.